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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Turkey Vulture Pics


We saw these just across the inlet from where I saw them last time


#21 Bushtit



Psaltriparus minimus
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1545 PDT April 23 2011




Sunday, April 24, 2011

#20 Cooper's Hawk



Accipiter cooperii
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1210 PDT April 22 2011

I hope I've got this one right. The most likely other possibility is a sharp-shinned hawk, and I went with Cooper's hawk due to size - this bird was in a tree with a crow, and was very similar in size. According to the wonderful Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America the Cooper's hawk is about the same size as a crow, while the sharp-shinned hawk is noticeably smaller. If you know your raptors, please let me know what you think.

More pics after the jump:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

#19 Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1145 PDT April 22 2011

The dark-eyed junco is a highly variable species, with several subspecies in about 6 groups. This individual is from the Oregon junco subspecies group, easily recognised by the distinct black hood. The infinite well of wisdom that is Wikipedia suggests that it may in the future be recognised as a distinct species.

Monday, April 18, 2011

#18 Turkey Vulture



Cathartes aura
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1100 PDT April 17 2011

Left my camera at home, so of course there's so much wildlife to see - these are from my phone. Here's a blurry shot where you might just make out its red face:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

#17 Chestnut-backed chickadee



Poecile rufescens 
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1654 PDT April 11 2011

These are such neat little birds.


And there's that chestnut back



#7 Eastern grey squirrel


Sciurus carolinensis
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1535 PDT April 10 2011

#16 Bewick's Wren

Thryomanes bewickii
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1600 PDT April 10 2011

I hope this is right - I also got a recording of its song:

video

#15 Harlequin Duck



Histrionicus histrionicus
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Clover Point, Victoria, BC
Time: 1830 PDT April 10 2011

#14 American crow



Corvus brachyrhynchos


IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: 
Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1628 PDT April 10 2011

#13 Anna's hummingbird



Calypte anna
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1611 PDT April 10 2011

Ah, the frustrations of a point-and-shoot camera. This little guy sat right in front of me for the longest time, but I couldn't get my camera to focus on him. Here's another blurry shot:

#12 Ruby-crowned kinglet



Regulus calendula 
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1610 PDT April 10 2011

#11 Song Sparrow



Melospiza melodia
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1609 PDT April 10 2011

#10 Northern Flicker



Colaptes auratus
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1552 PDT April 10 2011

#9 Downy Woodpecker



Picoides pubescens
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1552 PDT April 10 2011

Another one I hope I've got right - downy woodpeckers are extremely similar to hairy woodpeckers, distinguished most readily by its smaller bill, and smaller overall size. Although there's no scale to the photo, this bird was tiny.

#8 House Finch



Carpodacus mexicanus
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1546 PDT April 10 2011

I hope I've got this one right!

#6 American robin



Turdus migratorius
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1533 PDT April 10 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

#5 Spotted towhee



Pipilo maculatus
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1525 PDT April 10 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

#4 Pileated Woodpecker

Dryocopus pileatus
IUCN Redlist: Least Concern
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Time: 1233 PST, April 5 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011